From Truth to Myth, Science Gets It Right, Twice.

anglerIn 2008, an International group of Scientists (Sweeden, Denmark, USA, and China) caused a great deal of new earth-space science facts when they discovered what they termed a “link” between an asteroid break-up in space and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. The latter event is what Scientists refer to as an unexplainable increase in the kinds of life that we discover in the ocean. At some point in our history, they explain, the oceans seem to go from near lifeless to a puzzling diversity of kinds of life. As we continue to discover, the monsters of the deep are so numerous and diverse, that this “biodiversity” seems inexplicable. While foolish religionists referred to something along the lines of “God created the great whales, and every living and moving creature, which the waters brought forth, according to their kinds,” their study explains “the causes of this event remain elusive.”

Yet the Scientists demonstrate in their study that this increase in life, which they age at 470 million years (great science stuff always requires some large numbers), coincides with an asteroid collision in space “somewhere between Mars and Jupiter” (only 342 million miles of space there). These two things, it seemed, were not unrelated. The collision resulted in a flood of asteroid pieces pummeling earth, the moon, and anything else, and the asteroid fragments were the cause of the biodiversity, or new life forms that developed in earth’s oceans. They explain: “We argue that frequent impacts on Earth of kilometre-sized asteroids—supported by abundant Middle Ordovician fossil meteorites and impact craters—accelerated the biodiversification process.”

Truth. Or is it?

Unfortunately for the Scientists of 2008, the Scientists of 2017 have changed their goofy hypotheses to the “myth” category. Myth is the fate of a lot of past science, or anything that current science thinks it has out-scienced.

As the new study from Copenhagen, titled “Myth Busted,” explains, the Scientists from 2008 were dating things wrong. The new sophisticated way of dating rocks using Zircons (not related to Star Wars, we don’t think) instead of carbon is much more accurate than carbon, which was said to be very accurate, but not so accurate now, huh? As Scientist Mafalda Costa explains, “In this way [using Zircons], we could precisely define the age of the fossil meteorites.” Now I know many will argue that carbon daters already claimed to know how to define the age of things “precisely”, but, they did not know about Zircons, so, obviously, carbon dating is now not so precise. We know for sure that Zircons are precise because it is currently 2017. At a later date, we will see how precise we were. For now, though, we know that we have put the “Asteroid breakup causes biodiversity” facts to death, and now know for certain that is just a myth.

Costa explains that the 2008 guys were off by 2.5 million years – the increase in ocean life on earth occurred that long before the asteroid event.

So, rest assured, Science was right then, Science is right now, and Science will be right in the future, forever and ever, Amen.


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